FARMING OF PALM OIL has brought wealth to some local farmers but it has also brought significant health challenges to many communities especially during episodes of peat haze.
M. JAMALUDDIN→ First of all, honestly, I know nothing about growing palm trees. But the instructor told me back then about this government program. Thank God it turned out to be promising, it ended poverty especially for our family, our friends and our children. Thank God for palm trees, before we often suffered a lot but thank God the suffering is gone when it's time for us to harvest the crops. Because thank God now I know for sure, I know for sure that palm trees are what sustains my life and the life of the next generation.
We are sick and many are to blame for this, my friends. The government is slow to fix our problem, my friends. Students here! We go my friends? As one! How many are we, my friends? One! We come today my friends to the Riau Governor To talk united about the cases of Acute Respiratory Infection. We need to act now, we gather today from different organizations... Student leader at street protests in Pekanbaru, 2015.
RUDI SYAF→ In 2015 there was a huge fire, and Jambi was surrounded by haze for almost five months. Constant haze, for over two months there were no flights. We tried to do basic research to monitor the impact of this haze on people. We found a real impact especially on children. We found a real impact especially on children. Our data indicated that this situation caused deaths. But at the time there was a debate with the government, they said the deaths were caused by diseases and not by haze.